Consider this: For hours on end, transit drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle through unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces! The fact is, transit drivers don’t have an easy job, they just make it look that way.
On March 18th, join us in celebrating the contributions of our hard-working bus drivers and rail operators! That could be as simple as a smile and a wave when you board the bus or train, and a “thank you” when you leave. You can also print out and personalize any of the thank-you cards below to show your appreciation in person, and you can help spread the word. And, don’t forget to submit an official commendation for a job well done, so your drivers can be formally recognized for their efforts. (You can do that any time of year!)
On Monday, March 2nd Hamilton’s Public Works Department will begin work on Concession Street between Upper Wellington Street and Upper Sherman Avenue. The project involves water main upgrades and full road reconstruction including new curbs and sidewalks with Urban Braille. As part of the City’s improved pedestrian mobility plan, two new pedestrian-activated crossing signals and new ladder-style crosswalks will also be installed.
There could be delays to HSR routes 23 UPPER GAGE, 24 UPPER SHERMAN and 25 UPPER WENTWORTH during the inital phases of the construction, with detours to the routes during the road closures listed below.
HSR Planning is preparing a notice regarding the closures and subsequent detours for this project, which will be released sometime next week. The detours are planned to begin on Tuesday, April 7th, 2015.
With the extreme cold weather alerts issued for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, GO Transit will be keeping the waiting area at GO Stations open daily until the last service arrives up until April 30th.
On Sunday, March 1st, 2015 the 20th Chilly Half Marathon and Frosty 5k Run will be held in support of cancer care at Joseph Brant Hospital. Do to the races, the following roads will be closed:
- Brant Street from Ontario Street to Elgin Street, and James Street from John Street to Brant Street from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Brant Street, Lakeshore Road to Elgin Street from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (access to Bunton’s Wharf via Locust Street)
- Lakeshore Road, Brant Street to Eastport Drive from 9:45 to 10:30 a.m.
- Lakeshore Road, Brant Street to just west of Burloak Drive from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. (access to Old Lakeshore Road from the west maintained with delays).
From approximately 9:45 AM until 1:30 PM Lakeshore Road in Burlington will be closed from the CCIW to Brant Street due to the “Chilly Half Marathon & Frosty 5 Km Road Race”. For this year, there are two separate detours for the two races.
The detour for the 5k race is:
PRESTO will be performing maintenance on devices from Saturday, February 21st until Sunday, February 22nd.
PRESTO is advising transit users, if you usually load money on your card online, please do so by Thursday, February 19th to avoid disruptions.
Effective Thursday, February 12th the HSR Customer Service counter at the Hamilton GO Centre will see its service hours reduced. The counter’s new hours of operation will be Monday to Friday from 8:30am until 4:30pm, which are the previous operating hours before they were extended on August 19th, 2013.
“The hours are being reduced because the extended hours have proven not to be needed,” explained Robin, a customer service representative for the Hamilton Street Railway. “An analysis was done and shows passengers attending the Centre between 4:30 & 8 are minimal, therefore not warranting additional staff to man the centre during those hours.”
The customer service desk previously stopped selling paper tickets and passes. The PRESTO fare card, which can be loaded at the HSR counter, can also be loaded across the concourse at the GO Transit counters.
It’s been a while coming, but the first enhanced passenger waiting amenities are set for installation in the spring.
In 2008, the City of Hamilton received $29.8 million from Metrolinx “Quick Wins”, to be used for municipal capital expenditures for Transit Vehicles and Infrastructure to support A-Line and B-Line improvements. Of those funds, approximately $1.4 million of the Quick‐Wins funds was set aside to be used to improve customer service amenities on the A‐LINE and B‐LINE rapid transit corridors.
In May 2013 the city gave the go ahead to begin the process on these amenities, however nothing new has happened in the nearly two years since that date. That is set to change very soon.
According to Kelly Anderson, the Communications Officer for Public Works, the contract for the design, supply and installation of the coordinated station stop furnishings is currently being finalized.
Taking the GO will cost a bit more starting February 1st.
At its meeting on December 11, 2014, the Metrolinx Board of Directors approved a GO Transit fare increase which will take effect on February 1st, 2015. The fare increase will partly be used by GO to improve and expand service, as well as respond to increased ridership demand.
“GO Transit is constantly working to enhance the services we offer,” reads the notice on thr GO Transit website. “Fare increases have allowed us to introduce more train service and add more buses to some of our busiest routes to ease crowding and provide customers with more travel options, more seats and a more comfortable trip.”
As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for the Family Day holiday on February 16th. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all.
The following routes will not be in service on this day: